Piggyback is an “Asian inspired” restaurant from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s one of the best dining options within walking distance of Penn Station. They serve things like lumpia, lamb rendang, and a big bowl of medai crudo with grapfruit and crispy bits of pork, and - whatever you go with - you should start your meal with a pair of curry puffs. They’re flaky, crispy, and packed with well-seasoned beef. Grab some dinner here before or after a show at the Garden, or stop by for a drink and a snack with a friend. The space has mural-covered walls and a big bar up front, and the soundtrack includes everything from hip hop to disco.
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Chama Mama is a Georgian restaurant in Chelsea where you can get a good stew and some excellent khachapuri. Bring a group, and order a lot.
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Hearth On The Highline is a seasonal spot that works for a casual outdoor lunch in Chelsea.
Ushiwakamaru is now in Chelsea, in a fancier space with higher prices. It's still a top notch sushi option.
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Samui is a giant Thai place in Fort Greene that looks like it should be in Vegas. The food is a little pricey, and overall just okay.
SriPraPhai is a Woodside favorite that’s been serving some of NYC’s best Thai food for over two decades.
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